Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni
Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (Credits: Twitter)
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Suresh Raina has congratulated MS Dhoni after the Chennai Super Kings skipper became the first-ever player to play 200 games in the Indian Premier League. The former India skipper achieved the incredible feat during the crucial clash against Rajasthan Royals on Monday.

With 194 IPL games to his name, Suresh Raina had the chance to become the first man to achieve the feat but the southpaw had pulled out of the entire competition even before it started.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Credits: Twitter)

Dhoni has been the captain of CSK since the inception of IPL in 2008. When the franchise was suspended for two years, Captain Cool wore the Rising Pune Supergiant jersey. Earlier this month, Dhoni had overtaken his IPL teammate to become the player with most appearances.

Dhoni has been the captain of CSK since the inception of IPL in 2008. When the franchise was suspended for two years, he had plied his trade for the now-defunct  Rising Pune Supergiant jersey. He has led CSK to three IPL titles. Under him, CSK have also made it to the playoffs of all the ten seasons they have played so far.

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With the bat, Dhoni has scored 4,568 runs, which includes 23 fifties, with a highest score of 84 not out. His strike-rate reads 137.67. With 215 sixes to his name, he is also third in the list of most sixes hit in the tournament.

Soon after Dhoni achieved the feat, Suresh Raina took to Twitter to congratulate his friend, writing:

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“The first ever player to play his 200th match in IPL, Best of luck for today @msdhoni Bhai .. Wishing you loads of success. You always make us proud”

Dhoni, nonetheless, will be looking to make the day further special with a good outing. He has endured a tough season so far. In nine games, he could only score 136 runs with an unbeaten 47 being the best performance.

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